Shashi Tharoor backs German IIT-M student asked to leave India for Protesting against CAA
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has asked the HRD Ministry to revoke the expulsion of a German student pursuing his Masters at IIT Madras after he was asked to leave the country following his participation in an anti-Citizenship Act protest (CAA).
"This is dismaying. We used to be a proud democracy, an example to the world. No democracy punishes freedom of expression," Tharoor said.
"I call on Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (HRD Minister) to instruct IIT Madras to withdraw the expulsion and allow India to hold head high in the academic world," he added.
Just a few days ago, when countrywide agitation against CAA was at its peak, Jakob Lindenthal, a German student in the Department of Physics at IIT-M - part of a one-year exchange programme - was asked to leave the country immediately after he attended one of the protests against CAA and NRC.
On December 16, students of IIT Madras assembled at the Gajendra Circle inside the IIT campus and carried out a march to the Himalaya block. Their march was in solidarity with the students of Jamia and AMU. The students were also demanding the Centre to revoke the CAA and NRC.
Lindenthal was one of the protesters present during the demonstration. When India Today TV spoke to him at IIT, he said, "I'm here in solidarity and for human rights".
Soon after, he received oral directions from the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Chennai to leave the country.